a refreshing idea to try in your practice …
lie on your back – knees bent and feet on the floor
do nothing to direct your breath
do nothing to your breath
in particular – don’t think you have to do special ‘yoga breathing’ (by this i mean – don’t get serious about it, trying to make a special sound, or direct breath somewhere, as if it doesn’t already know the way.)
notice what happens when you place no control AT ALL on your breath
can you feel how the body is moving?
lie there for a while. keep noticing
when you are ready, just do your normal practice – breathing exactly like you did on the floor
(i know – it feels ridiculous – but trust me)! just keep noticing.
learn how to listen to your body, going with it and not against it, avoiding all effort or strain.